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Human Trafficking Report Shows All Forms Must Be Addressed

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) June 15, 2007

World Vision commends the U.S. State Department’s continued efforts to identify and combat human trafficking throughout the world through the recent release of the seventh annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP).

The TIP report is a vital instrument in the U.S. government’s commitment to develop policies that fight human trafficking, highlight progress on the issue and encourage foreign governments to take effective action. This report must be matched by sufficient political will to hold all nations accountable for human trafficking violations.

“Otherwise, the TIP Report risks becoming a mere footnote in the fight to end modern-day slavery,” said Joseph Mettimano, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization focused on helping children and their communities worldwide.

This year’s report also recognizes the 200th anniversary of the British Parliament’s abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Still, slavery continues in today’s world. World Vision, an international Christian humanitarian organization, is among those working around the globe to stop the trade in human lives.

Human trafficking is the unwilling transport of human beings across borders. It takes many forms, such as commercial sexual exploitation, child soldiering, debt bondage, servitude on the high seas, involuntary domestic labor and brokered marriages. Each year, as many as 800,000 people are transported from one country to another to be used in the commercial sex trade, forced labor or domestic service. Eight out of 10 of those are women and girls. An estimated two million children are enslaved in the global sex trade.

The report’s tier rankings include countries that have violations involving both sex trafficking and trafficking child soldiers. The recently introduced Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2007 (CSPA) is intended to curb use of child soldiers, in concert with State Department reporting on violations. U.S. lawmakers must pass this legislation to prohibit taxpayer dollars from aiding militaries that victimize children by using them as soldiers and sex slaves.

“Passing the Child Soldiers Prevention Act is one such step the U.S. government must implement as they hold other nations accountable for their efforts to address all forms of modern day slavery,” says Mettimano.

World Vision has responded to the sex trafficking problem by protecting the vulnerable through education, aftercare and alternative livelihoods. One such program is a Trauma Recovery Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where hundreds of girls have recovered from their abuse. In its first nine years, the program has served 650 girls ages eight to 18, and successfully reintegrated 520 with their families or communities, or arranged foster or small group homes.

World Vision also helps U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field attachés identify Americans who abuse children in other countries and gather information that could lead to their prosecution and conviction. In addition, World Vision collaborates with destination-country law enforcement and government agencies dedicated to protecting children, to develop more efficient reporting and investigation procedures.

For additional information, please visit http://www.seekjustice.org

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Young Survivors of Sex Trafficking Inspire Beyonce, Halle Berry and More to Join ‘Girls Are Not for Sale’ Campaign

New York (PRWEB) June 30, 2009

GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest survivor-led organization serving American girls and young women who have experienced sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, is joining forces with Beyonc

Child Rescue Centre Establishes New Partnership to Care for Victims of Child Trafficking in Sierra Leone


Bo, Sierra Leone (PRWEB) September 07, 2011

The Child Rescue Centre, a program of Helping Children Worldwide, has established a partnership with Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST), a program of World Hope International to combat child trafficking and forced child labor in Sierra Leone, West Africa. FAAST works closely with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Social Welfare and Gender Affairs and the Child Rescue Centre works in partnership with the Sierra Leone Conference of the United Methodist Church, together these organizations will have a larger impact on child trafficking. In the entire country, no long-term shelter exists for child survivors of forced labor or trafficking.

In the 18th and 19th century, Sierra Leone was a major center for the slave trade in West Africa. In the 1820s, a population of former slaves returned to Sierra Leone and named the capital Freetown. Now, in the 21st century, in Freetown and throughout Sierra Leone, slavery and trafficking have returned, exploiting the most vulnerable the children. In Sierra Leone 48% of children aged 5 to 14 are engaged in child labor, ranking third in the world (UNICEF 2009). Children in Sierra Leone are exploited in the worst forms of child labor, many of them in agriculture, mining, fishing, and domestic work (US Dept. of Labors Bureau of International Labor Affairs 2009).

Child traffickers find rural families with too many mouths to feed. They promise parents that they will take their unschooled children to the city to be educated, but instead sell or force those children into lives of servitude and suffering. In the streets of the cities, there are children everywhere. Children who should be in school are forced to sell in the streets, collect scrap metal, or break rocks at the quarries. Boys who should be playing soccer are in the mines, forced to search for diamonds for hours in the blazing heat. Girls are sold into terrible lives of child prostitution.

Sierra Leone is perpetually at the bottom of the United Nations Human Development Index, ranking low in indicators such as malnutrition, infant and maternal mortality, and life expectancy.

The recently released U.S. State Departments Trafficking in Persons Report 2011 assesses efforts by 184 governments worldwide to fight sexual exploitation, forced labor, and modern-day slavery. In that report, the previous paradigm for addressing child trafficking was the 3Ps: prosecution, protection, and prevention. The 2011 report recommends a fourth P: partnership. The problem of trafficking is so great that it is essential for agencies to coordinate their programs and capitalize on combined resources.

Through the Child Rescue Centres partnership with FAAST to implement anti-trafficking interventions in Sierra Leone the organizations will provide the help children need to be rehabilitated and reintegrate into society. Communities will be educated about identifying signs of trafficking. Efforts will be made to prevent trafficking before it starts, identifying desperate families and providing assistance before they are forced to place their children into trafficking situations.

The Child Rescue Centres mission is to help the most vulnerable children in Sierra Leone. Children who are victims of trafficking and forced labor are in desperate need of protection and trauma/behavioral care. The vision is to transform the existing Child Rescue Centre in Bo, Sierra Leone into a replicable and sustainable centre of excellence, designed to rescue child survivors of forced labor and trafficking, gradually restoring and reunify children to nurturing local families.

The Child Rescue Centre, which was established in 2000 during the brutal 10 year civil war in Sierra Leone, has become a nationally recognized model for bringing up at-risk children to become leaders. The CRC has a long-standing partnership with the Sierra Leone Conference of the United Methodist Church. Today the CRC provides safety and hope to nearly 300 children who have been rescued from desperate situations.

The CRC provides children with nutritious meals, clothing, education, healthcare, and a safe, nurturing environment. CRC children are trained to become strong leaders in their homes, communities, and in their country. The CRC consists of a residential program, foster care, a child support program which helps children and families in the wider community, and a post secondary scholarship program.

The Child Rescue Centre is a program of Helping Children Worldwide, an umbrella organization that capitalizes on the power of partnerships to holistically address the needs of vulnerable children in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and in Herndon, Virginia.

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Beulah’s Place and Childhelp Join Forces to Fight Child Abuse and Trafficking

Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 06, 2012

Five children die each day from abuse in our country. As America prepares to send its children back to school, two dedicated organizations want communities to know there are ways to protect kids from predators, harassment and bullying.

In a partnership arrangement unique in the world of nonprofits, Beulahs Place and Childhelp are joining forces to raise funds to fight child abuse and trafficking.

Beulahs Place, founded by Ed and Andi Buerger in Redmond, Oregon, is a place of refuge for teens victimized by sexual predators and other abusers.

The Childhelp Speak Up Be Safe curriculum for grades 1st – 6th equips kids with skills to arm themselves from abuse in its various forms as well as via technology like sexting, internet predators and cyber bullying.

Both organizations stress that, today, sex trafficking is the second largest criminal endeavor next to illegal drugs in America. In the U.S. alone, this industry earns upwards of $ 13 billion a year for traffickers.

Beulahs Place is designed to be the prototype of a nationwide safety net for children who are easy prey for traffickers, sexual predators and pedophiles. Here, these at-risk youth will find food, shelter, unconditional love and hope. Beulahs Place gives kids options that will help them live normal lives, spared from violence, disease and even death at the hands of dispassionate criminals. Visit http://www.beulahsplace.org.

Since 1959, Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children. CEO and Co-Founder Sara O’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson established Childhelp as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children. Childhelp’s programs and services include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the Childhelp National Day of Hope

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Amherst, MA, and New York, NY (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

At a special session today of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, President Obama announced several new Administration policies to fight human trafficking. One of these, an Executive Order Strengthening Protections in Federal Contracts, ensures that goods purchased by the U.S. Government-the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world-are not tainted by trafficking via exploitative labor recruitment practices at any point in the production and supply chain. The Executive Order will apply to all federal contractors and subcontractors-both in the US and worldwide-and provides federal agencies with additional tools to foster compliance. This Order makes use of the key elements of the Verit

Michigan Volunteer Believes One Person Can Make A Difference – Launches Stop Child Trafficking Now Walk in Detroit Michigan, Raises Awareness – Raises Thousands


New York, NY (PRWEB) November 09, 2012

Lindsey Fischer believes in making a difference. Motivated to take action Lindsey Fischer was 21 years old when a statement on Facebook caught her eye and piqued her curiosity. “There are more slaves today than at any other point in history.”

Staring at the screen she thought, There is no way thats true! Her own research on the issue of human trafficking confirmed the truth. When she discovered that the average age of entry into a life of prostitution is 12 years old, she was compelled to act.

I have nieces and nephews, all of whom are 12 years old or younger. Lindsey explained. This issue hit home for her in a real way.

For the past four years, Lindsey has been involved in several anti-trafficking efforts, not only halfway around the world in Thailand, but also 20 minutes away from her own front door in Roseville, Michigan.

Today, Lindsey conducts street outreach twice a week to crack houses, prostituted women and pimps, offering prayer, a lunch bag, and friendship to anyone she meets

In February she started her own organization, All Worthy of Love, a nonprofit that seeks to raise up abolitionists and connect them with other anti-trafficking organizations. Rather than reinvent the wheel, Lindseys heart is to connect individuals to other great organizations. She also speaks at events around Detroit to provide awareness to the general public about the issue of human trafficking.

In October, she connected with Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) to coordinate Detroits first SCTNow Walk. The walk took place at Belle Isle Park to raise awareness and funds to stop the demand of child sex trafficking. Over a hundred walkers attended the event, raising $ 3,454 for the cause.

She admits that when she thinks about the great needs and vastness of the problem she sometimes asks herself, What have I gotten myself into? However, she is determined to continue until there are no slaves left in this world.

Her advice for those who, like her, have heard about the issue but may feel unable to do anything about it is this,If its caught your attention, go after it, full speed One person can absolutely make a difference partner with organizations like SCTNow and make a bigger difference.

About SCTNow

Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) was formed to make an impact in the fight against child sex traffickingA problem that has been deemed as a growing issue in our nation, and nations around the worldone that needs every voice and every nation to rise against it.

SCTNow seeks to protect and deliver children from this heinous crime, by focusing funding on efforts on stopping the demand (buyers, predators, traffickers).

SCTNow believes that focusing efforts on stopping the demand has the power to interrupt the cycle of supply, demand, and distribution, resulting in fewer predators, and ultimately fewer victims.

SCTNow realizes that while a focus on the demand is necessary, child trafficking is a complex, multi-faceted issue requiring a comprehensive response. SCTNows Partnership Program funds other non-profit organizations providing shelter, care and victim services.

The Stop Child Trafficking Now (SCTNow) 4th Annual National Walk Campaign is officially complete. The 2012 walks began the weekend of September 15th and ran until this past weekend, with the two final walks held in Staten Island, NY and Fayetteville, NC.

Over 3,000 people participated in this year’s volunteer-led events in 23 different cities around the country, including a virtual “Anywhere” Walk which encouraged people in non-walk cities to join the movement from afar. This year’s campaign has raised a total of $ 177,121.05.







JH Child Protection Training Raises Awareness of Trafficking of Children in the UK


London (PRWEB UK) 18 February 2013

JH Child Protection Training is rolling out a number of training courses in Liverpool, London and Birmingham relating to Trafficking of Children and is focusing towards Child Care Staff, GP’s and all sectors who support and/or deal with Children.

Jan Harrison from JH Child Care Protection said “The timings of this course will reflect in the awareness we are creating within all child care sectors and will highlight the large scale platform that this cruel activity is carried out”.

So what is Child Trafficking?

Trafficking of children is a very modern day version of slavery and crosses many borders, boundaries and continents. In its simplest form it can be defined as the recruitment, transfer or harboring of a child for the purpose of exploitation.

Child trafficking has been internationally accepted as a human rights violation and it is only through public actions and research (normally via Child Charities) that the topic has been given global awareness to such a high degree.

While recent research has yielded information on the nature of child trafficking, little is known about its magnitude.

Difficulties in identifying victims?

A Child smuggled into the UK will certainly be here under duress and will be threatened or will have been given a false illusion of a promise of a new life. It is very difficult to identify a trafficked child as they are more often hidden and unfortunately the true figure of trafficked children is masked by this factor.

Children may not see themselves as victims or may not be willing to disclose information due to possible reprisals from their traffickers. It would have been instilled into them of negative perceptions of the authorities and a fear factor that suits the captors.

While recent research has yielded information on the nature of child trafficking, little is known about its magnitude.

The Council of Europe report has found that some children trafficked into the UK are going missing from local authority care. It also indicates that an increasing number of children are brought into the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation forced labour.

It calls for better trained supervisors or foster staff caring for them.

Child Protection Training awareness of Child trafficking

The aim of the training courses is to improve awareness of the cruel trade and to deliver an understand to professional bodies such as Social Workers, Youth Workers and GPs.

These courses will be rolled out in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Each session will last 7 hours and full details can be requested directly from Child Protection Training.

About Child Protection Training

Child Protection Training and Consultancy services are available in the London area and throughout the UK. JH Child Protection Services has a simple and effective vision as a facilitator in the delivery of Quality Child Protection training courses and consultancy services throughout the UK to help implement safeguarding policies to all Child Care sectors. The main contact is Jan Harrison who is the senior consultant. Her contact number is 0800 774 7034.







Trafficking In America Task Force presents, Creating a Culture Free of Slavery, 2013 National Conference, May 23-25, Nashville, TN


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

For the past two years the Trafficking In America Conference has focused on human trafficking 101 with speakers presenting on the basics of human trafficking. This years topics will delve into some of the dark sides that people generally don’t discuss, and youll hear from professionals working in other aspects of prevention such as the travel and tourism industry; the poverty connection; trafficking in the Military, fatherless homes, gang involvement, etc.

The Trafficking In America Conferences arent just an annual gathering of people that come and go. They are designed for the general public to become informed and educated by Experts and Authorities; to protect their at-risk youth, and to mobilize and engage people across America to help turn this horrendous crime of human trafficking around. The human trafficking conference team gives great thought to topics that will help make an impact in the lives of those that attend. The 2013 Anti Human Trafficking Conference offers a slate of expert Speakers this year that will address our attendees with the awareness and practical tools they need to make a difference and save lives.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking has become the second fastest growing criminal industry just behind drug trafficking with children accounting for roughly half of all victims-USA Today-1/22/2012

Unlike many of those working in anti-human trafficking, The Trafficking In America Conference has taken the stance since inception that Pimps and Johns need to be restored as well as victims (since so many are also victims of child sex abuse) so as to help prevent others from falling into the trap. Derek Williams, one of the presenters, a former pimp whose life has been transformed, is the founder of Back to The Streets, a ministry dedicated to educating youth about human trafficking from his perspective and prevent them from becoming involved. Just as we need to learn from survivors about their reality, we need to understand Pimps and Johns from theirs, said Yvonne Williams, Conference Speaker Coordinator.

Two of the conference Keynote Speakers are: Laura Lederer, JD, Demand Reduction and Frank Schaeffer, Living Ones Religions through Combating Human Trafficking. Other Speakers who are Experts and Authorities on Human Trafficking include: Linda Dixon: Department of Defense; Agent Greg Christopher, FBI; Debra Moser- Finney, EEOC and Labor Trafficking; Lynn Walsh: Fatherless Homes and Their Effects on Children; Saturday Joan Keddell: International Tourism Management Institute: Travel, Tourism and Trafficking; and, the Bishop, Understanding Gang Involvement in Human Trafficking, as well as survivors of Human Trafficking.

This years Human Trafficking Conference will feature a special Memorial Day Service to honor our Military around the world. A special guest from the Department of Defense will be on hand help with this event.

What is Human Trafficking?

Article 3, paragraph (a) of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs. (courtesy of http://www.unodc.org)

About Trafficking in America Task Force

Trafficking in America Task Force is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization and has been working since 2004 to educate the American population about the reality of the sale of American women, men, and children into sexual slavery for the profit and pleasure of their perpetrators, and that the forced labor trafficking of both adults and children is real in this country.

Our Vision is

To help eliminate the human trafficking of women, men and minor children in America, and to provide a culture for our children free of sexual exploitation and slavery, where people know and own their own intrinsic value.







Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference Partners With Socialable to Manage Its Social Media Strategy


London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

The first ever Global Online Counter Child Trafficking Conference has selected Socialable as its social media partner. Founded by Forbes Social Media Power Influencer and visionary entrepreneur, Lilach Bullock, Socialable will raise much-needed awareness of the global exploitation and trafficking of children, and boost collaborative knowledge-sharing for the exclusively online conference.

Organised by child protection consultancy, touchpoint, and the Counter Human Trafficking Bureau, the three-day event, on 16th-18th October 2013, consists of over 40 webinars delivered by speakers from across the world. To ensure accessibility to those who are often not able to travel and afford training, it is free to register and participate. It will be the largest gathering of private sector, third sector and public sector professionals and practitioners from across the world, and will showcase some of the worlds most effective and innovative counter-trafficking practices from across Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

To be involved in such an inspirational and innovative event is an honour child trafficking is a modern day curse that is both shocking in its prevalence, and saddening in the impact it has on so many childrens lives, said Lilach Bullock, founder of Socialable. This digital age that we live in has huge opportunities for collaboration, and the building of meaningful online communities. Unfortunately, there is a darker side of society that sees it as an opportunity to exploit children through social media and other online tools. We will strive to raise awareness of this critical issue, and encourage people to join in with this free-to-attend anti-trafficking event.

Our Counter Child Trafficking Conference aims to connect the global counter-trafficking community to share and learn. We want to encourage further collaboration and partnering opportunities as we strive to strengthen the global response to child trafficking and exploitation. By doing this exclusively online, we can work across borders and bring together knowledge and experience in a truly collaborative online community in an accessible way, said An

Calgary Entrepreneur Battles Slavery and Sex Trafficking

Calgary, AB (PRWEB) October 25, 2013

Modern slavery has only grown since Abraham Lincoln was in office and more than 27 million people worldwide are still victims of slavery and sex trafficking. Slavery and sex trafficking is the fastest growing sector of organized crime and is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Most people would be surprised to hear that this is not only a third world problem. Modern slavery and sex trafficking is a first world problem and happening in some unlikely communities.

One million children are exploited by the global sex trade every year according to the U.S. Department of State, The Facts About Child Sex Tourism (2005). This is not a crime that only happens overseas. A 2006 report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Trafficking in Persons states that 161 countries are affected by human trafficking.

Modern slavery and sex trafficking will persist in the absence of a concerted response to bring about its end, notes Petra Bosma, Public Affairs Manager for IJM Canada. It transcends bordersthat makes it a national and international issue that requires action from a variety of stakeholders. Were grateful for the support of grassroots movements like Pieces for Change to help in the fight against slavery and sex trafficking.

The human trafficking industry is a $ 32 billion industry “After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing.” US Department of Health and Human Services (2009).

The figures are staggering: